One popular alternative to traditional braces is Invisalign. Invisalign treatment uses clear aligners to correct the alignment of your teeth and bite. The following tricks and tips help you get the most out of your Invisalign treatment and get you on the right road to straighter teeth and a beautiful smile.
The 22 Hour Rule
For Invisalign to be effective you need to wear the aligner for at least 20-22 hours a day. To get those straight teeth in the least amount of time possible, keep this number in mind. You should only have your aligners out to eat or brush and floss your teeth.
Changing the Aligners
When changing your aligners, whether it’s the very first aligner or the first day of a new set, put the aligner in just before you go to bed and wear it all night. This might be the longest consistent period of time that the aligners are in and will start the tooth movement process. You will also notice the aligners are easier to take out after 8 full hours of being in than if you try to take them out after only a few hours.
Being on Time
Keeping to your aligner schedule is a must. Please make sure that you are checking for any spaces between the aligner and your teeth before switching to the next set. If you are unsure of the fit please contact us.
You are wearing your aligners 22 hours a day, so you must keep your teeth extra clean. Your aligners are pressed tightly against your teeth so you will not have the natural saliva to help wash away food or prevent any type of bacterial build up. Bacteria build up can cause enamel decalcification, cavities, and tartar. Be sure to floss and brush after each meal or snack or, at the very least, rinse your mouth with water before putting your aligners back in.
Each time you remove your aligners it is important that you properly clean them as well as your teeth. It is not advised that you use toothpaste to clean your trays as this can scratch your aligners and create new places for bacteria to live.
The Invisalign approach to straight teeth is a great alternative to traditional metal braces. By following these tips and strategies, you will be able to achieve that beautiful smile in no time at all. If you have any other questions about Invisalign or are interested in seeing what type of orthodontic procedure is right for you please give us a call. I look forward to seeing you soon.